BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – A knock-up with a referee shattered Ron Harris’s camera during Jasper’s soccer game.
“You know I wasn’t hurt when I was hit, but looking down and looking at all my photographic equipment destroyed, it hurt,” said Harris.
A picture is worth a thousand words, but Lydia Borders’ friendliness left the 32-year-old cameraman speechless when she gave him $ 7,500 for new equipment.
“High school kids have so much worries to want to do this … It meant a lot,” said Harris, fighting back tears.
Borders said the Jasper community loves Harris and raised money through “Go Fund Me” in a matter of days.
“Ron always takes pictures of us for free, so during the game, when the referee hit him, we thought it would be good to do something for him once,” said Borders.
“It means so much to me that I could never repay her for what she did,” added Harris.
Borders said she was happy to have Harris back on the sidelines, perpetuating her high school memories.
“We just love and appreciate him so much,” said Borders. “He said I could do something for you, I just said take some extra photos of me.”
It’s an easy request – for a guy who has been finding joy behind the lens for decades.
“I went to school here, my kids went to school here, I mean it’s hard to describe how special this city is, this high school, just a special place,” said Harris.
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